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League Two Weekend Preview: New Year means new hope for Leyton Orient’s chasers

The New Year is rung in with a top-of-the-table shootout in League Two between Northampton and Leyton Orient while managerless Crawley head for Newport hoping yet another change in the dugout can make a difference.

Cobblers need to put boot into high-flying Os

What: Northampton v Leyton Orient
Where: Sixfields, Northampton 
When: 15:00, Monday 2nd January 2023  
Odds: Northampton 6/4, Draw 12/5, Leyton Orient 9/5

Northampton are bracing themselves for part three of a brutal post-Christmas fixture schedule, desperate to land odds of 6/4 and keep leaders Leyton Orient in sight. 

Jon Brady's men have picked up just one point from games against Mansfield and Swindon since Christmas and after the Os have left town the Cobblers are off to the north-west for a searching double header against Salford and Stockport. 

The 2-1 loss to Swindon ended Northampton's nine-game unbeaten run and has given renewed hope to those clubs behind them. 

The worry for Town fans and backers is that they have failed to win half of their home games this season while rampant Orient boast the best away record in the division. 

It finished 0-0 when they met in east London in October and it's 15/2 no goalscorer in what is sure to be a tense occasion.

All change at Crawley (again) as they head to Wales   

What: Newport County v Crawley Town
Where: Rodney Parade, Newport 
When: 15:00, Monday 2nd January 2023 
Odds: Newport County 3/4, Draw 5/2, Crawley Town 4/1

Crawley's owners have thrown the dice once again, firing boss Matt Etherington after just 34 days in charge. 

He was Crawley's fourth boss in the last eight months with the club looking for another head coach to try to drag them away from trouble. 

Crawley's 2-1 home loss to Sutton was the last straw for Etherington, denying him the chance of a showdown with Newport who the Sussex club have beaten 2-1 on each of their last two clashes. 

Newport, despite struggling themselves, are a 3/4 chance while a third straight 2-1 win for Crawley is 14/1.   

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Roses' battle to ring in the New Year

What: Bradford v Salford City
Where: Valley Parade, Bradford 
When: 15:00, Sunday 1st January 2023
Odds: Bradford 1/1, Draw 5/2, Salford City 11/4

Bradford and Salford, two of League Two's heavyweights, have yet to throw any consistent punches yet still find themselves in and around the promotion picture. 

Mark Hughes' Bradford had lost four in a row – three in the league and 0-1 at Salford in the Football League Trophy – before pipping Harrogate 1-0. 

Salford meanwhile have bounced back from a wretched November and there is just a point between these two. 

They have met twice this season with Bradford winning 1-0 at Salford in the league before the Manchester mob avenged that in the EFL Trophy. 

Four of the last five meetings between these sides have ended 1-0 either way and it's 9/4 there are under 1.5 goals when the meet again on New Year's Day.   

Expect cards if not goals at Gander Green Lane

What: Sutton Utd v AFC Wimbledon
Where: Gander Green Lane, Sutton 
When: 15:00, Sunday 1st January 2023 
Odds: Sutton Utd 11/10, Draw 23/10, AFC Wimbledon 11/4

South-west London rivals Sutton United and AFC Wimbledon meet for just the second time as league clubs, with Sutton hoping to complete the double over their neighbours. 

It was 1-0 to Sutton when the teams met in October though Wimbledon got their own back a month later with a 1-0 win of their own in the Football League Trophy. 

That defeat for the Dons against Sutton was their last league reverse as they take a 10-game unbeaten streak to Gander Green Lane where Matt Gray's men have won their last three in a row. 

This season's previous meetings suggest a tight, tense affair while this is also a game which could well feature its share of cards, certainly yellow, maybe even a red. 

There were five yellows when they met at Plough Lane and no teams in League Two have picked up more cards than these two. 

One of the more popular bets on the coupon may well be Stevenage to win and both teams not to score against Gillingham at 6/5

It's second versus bottom and the Gills have still only managed to score seven times in 22 matches with 11 defeats to nil.

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